On the topic of belonging and togetherness On the topic of belonging and togetherness among communities of Jesus followers, I think it’s helpful to ask the question, who’s responsibility is it to foster belonging among a group of people? While there’s [obviously] no black and white answer to the question, I think it’s worth … Continue reading Beyond Passive Belonging
Our ember conversation — belonging and togetherness In our little Ember-sphere, we've had some super helpful [I think they're helpful] conversations around the idea of belonging. We are all working toward the goals of the organization, which are narrow and specific, but we are also becoming good friends in the process. So, our topic of … Continue reading Some real life thoughts on belonging and togetherness.
Finishing and fine tuning the Simple Retreat This will be my only post in August. I'm carving out some intentional time to finish up the newest Simple Retreat [think meditative podcast meets online class], which is scheduled to release at the end of the month! So stay tuned 😉 Here's a quick Simple Retreat introduction. It's … Continue reading Simple Retreat Update
We think we need labels I like labels. I like to know when I go to the grocery store which food products have added sugar in them. Also, when I go to a movie, I like to see the label above the theatre door, telling me which movie I am about to see. It’s important … Continue reading We think we need labels
I've got quirks and I like them I do some quirky things that people find "interesting." Wearing a black v-neck and black pants at the office most days [all so I don’t have to spend energy thinking about what to wear each morning] is one of those things. I enjoy eating 100% dark chocolate. And, … Continue reading Do not disturb
What about me? [Church as Family] In my article, Church family? Or maybe we just call it family?, I spoke mainly to those who find themselves within a more typical church structure — gathering on Sunday to worship together and to hear a message, meeting on Wednesdays for small groups. But there are also followers of … Continue reading What about me? Church as Family. A conversation for the outliers.
When you think of family… What do we think of when we hear the phrase healthy family? Whether or not our natural families measure up to our ideal, I’m sure we can think of an ideal. I love you no matter what. I have your back. No matter your decisions I love you and I … Continue reading Church family? Or maybe we just call it family?
Friendship with God — The Value of Responding from Love …If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love (John 15, prompted from Devotional Sessions – Phil Rice). Read through this scripture several times, take note of what impacts you as … Continue reading Friendship with God — John 15:10 [a practical, devotional study of scripture]
Excerpt from Devotional Sessions | Practical Spirituality As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. (John 15:9, prompted from Devotional Sessions – Phil Rice). This is such a profound statement found in scripture. So, let’s not move past it too quickly. Jesus says that in the same way … Continue reading Friendship with God — John 15:9 [a practical, devotional study of scripture]
A Conversation of Authentic Church. We can begin here. Authentic church. I have had some really helpful and insightful [along with some challenging and difficult] conversations around the topic of church. Some of these conversations are based on articles I've written, if you missed them the first time around, here are a few you're welcome … Continue reading Authentic Church. Is this really about structure?